Enhancing data locality of the conjugate gradient method for high-order matrix-free finite-element implementations

05/18/2022
by   Martin Kronbichler, et al.
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This work investigates a variant of the conjugate gradient (CG) method and embeds it into the context of high-order finite-element schemes with fast matrix-free operator evaluation and cheap preconditioners like the matrix diagonal. Relying on a data-dependency analysis and appropriate enumeration of degrees of freedom, we interleave the vector updates and inner products in a CG iteration with the matrix-vector product with only minor organizational overhead. As a result, around 90 vectors of the CG method are transferred from slow RAM memory exactly once per iteration, with all additional access hitting fast cache memory. Node-level performance analyses and scaling studies on up to 147k cores show that the CG method with the proposed performance optimizations is around two times faster than a standard CG solver as well as optimized pipelined CG and s-step CG methods for large sizes that exceed processor caches, and provides similar performance near the strong scaling limit.

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